Last week I discovered that a spouse of one of my patients has a tape recorder in the room & has been recording staff when they come in the room. The spouse also writes down every single thing we do in the room & has been very accusatory, forgetful, argumentative & agitated towards staff. 3 nurses have seen her with the recorder and the other nurses heard themselves on it when the spouse hit the play button by mistake.
I spoke to a supervisor about this and found out that management is well aware of it yet has done nothing about it. I think its illegal to record us without our knowledge or permission. If this spouse were to take this to court for whatever insane reason, it wouldnt stand most likely. I dont understand the reasoning behind it because there has been nothing to my knowledge to warrant this. The spouse stays 24/7 & is extremely suspicious of everything we do & has made countless complaints & accused staff of not checking on the patient, even though this spouse has assisted with care many many times & watches us like a hawk to the point that its more of a burden than a help.
Also, after talking to the supervisor it was brought to my attention that the spouse has also smacked the patient several times demanding that they get up and walk, talk and eat etc...the patient is the victim of a massive devastating stroke that has taken most of their abilities away from them, making it impossible to return to what was a normal lifestyle 3 months ago. They have done nothing about this alleged smacking either except threaten the family with a call to DSS. I thought that if they knew of "abuse" it was to be reported immediately to a higher power...even it was just suspected abuse. This spouse has done this in front of 3 different staff members according to the supervisor.
My question is this, is it legal for this spouse to be recording us? When I go in the room I dont ever go alone...none of us do. I document every single time i go in and what Ive done etc. I just dont appreciate being recorded with no good reason and without my permission. Should management not have stepped in and did something about this privacy violation to its staff? Are nurses (and c.n.a's) not supposed to have some type of privacy protection in their place of employment?
Please note, all the spouses accusations and complaints prior have been unfounded according to the supervisor I spoke with.